Military sexual trauma, or MST, is an all too frequent occurrence for service members. Acknowledging the traumatizing sexual harassment or assault is often hard enough for the victim, sometimes clouded with the belief that no one will believe them, and/or that nothing will be done about it. However, VA disability benefits are available to soldiers, men or women, who suffered.
For a veteran who has finally had the courage to speak their truth and file for VA disability benefits relating to their MST, a denial of benefits may feel like a kick in the teeth, another dismissal of their pain and suffering. It is a painful reality that survivors of sexual harassment or sexual assault know – others may not.
Serving your country in the military can be one of your proudest achievements, but sometimes things happen during your service that haunt you for years to come. According to recent research, 15.7% of military personnel and veterans (both men and women) report having been subjected to sexual harassment or sexual assault.These events are referred to as “military sexual trauma” or.
Sexual harassment and assault, unfortunately, happens in the military with some frequency. Fortunately, however, the VA recognizes this and provides disability benefits for the resulting trauma, referred to as “military sexual trauma” or “MST.” In this post, we’ll explain how to successfully file an MST disability claim with the VA. What is Military Sexual Trauma? Any service member can experience.
It’s not easy for any veteran to admit that you have been sexually harassed or assaulted while in the military, and even harder to ask for help with the resulting trauma. In this article, we’ll explain what military sexual trauma (“MST”) is, how and when it manifests itself, and how to successfully present a claim to the VA for disability.
The rate of suicide for female veterans is six times the rate of their civilian counterparts, and there is a very strong association between PTSD, sexual victimization as children and during military service, and suicide. The majority of efforts through the VA focus on the significantly larger population of male veterans, though recent efforts have been made to reach out.